Map of the Territorial Holdings of the Qing Dynasty
The title of this blog comes from the closing sentence of The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald: "So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past."
Anonymous asked: Hi. Could you list a few of your favorite Thermidorian Reactions in history?
This seems like a trick question. I LOVE that you know what “thermidorean” means, but I think applying the word to similar periods outside of France is dangerous. I have similar issues with people who throw around the term “Jacobin”.
Ignoring those grievances, my preferences should be relatively obvious. The top of my list must include the genre defining French Thermidor. …Mostly because I had a passionate love affair with French history while I was an undergrad. The Russian “Thermidor” is a close second.
I could try and apply thermidorean characteristics to other revolutionary periods, but I’d want to do some more research and brush up on my Lefebvre.
Social Media Rock Star Makes 28,000 a Year — The Onion just summarized my life. …Without the massive following. Don’t get me wrong, I love all 600 of you, but I’d have to take my pants off to get more and I just don’t think I can bring myself to that level of degradation. Fear not, my life of prostitution will begin in the next year.
Wolves Don’t Lose Sleep Over The Opinions of Sheep — In the same vein, here’s Sam Wolfe Connelly talking about art for five minutes. He’s awesome.
Bret Easton Ellis Is Getting Into Trouble With The Gays Again — He pissed off GLAAD a few weeks ago and, while it may have been poorly executed, I think there’s more than a little truth in what he said.
Speaking of gays…
Stonewall was Not The First Gay Rights Battle — My professor wrote an article on gay lib a few months ago that I used as the basis for a research project. You should read his piece. It’s pretty great.
Ballets Russes Exhibition at the National Gallery — This is one of those wonderful moments when the research that I’ve been doing for a semester just happens to coincide with a new exhibition. After reading too many articles on the homoeroticism of the Chinese and Russian ballet companies, I get to see relics from one of them up close. Have I told you how much I love this city?
I survived another semester with my grades intact.
Don’t ask me how. It was touch-and-go for the last three weeks and I felt like I came dangerous close to some kind of nervous breakdown.
But I made it. It’s all over. Now we have three months before the next wave of insanity. Huzzah?
Graceless by The National
This is one of my new favorite albums. As such, it was terribly difficult to decide on a representative track. If I had to choose, this would be my favorite among favorites.
The vocals, the instrumentals…it’s all pretty perfect. If you don’t think so, I don’t know if we can be friends. Enjoy this. With or without red wine. Speaking from recent experience, I can tell you that The National provides wonderful tracks for a “sober walk” playlist. This album is no exception.